As you may have seen last month, Southwest partnered with Cole Swindell, who performed his hit song, “You Should Be Here,” written in honor of his father, on a packed Live at 35® flight from Los Angeles to Nashville. While the inflight performance was certainly moving for everyone onboard, we didn’t want it to end there. So, we launched a contest to give winners the opportunity to tell us where they should be with their father figure and to take them on an all-expenses paid trip to anywhere we fly.
We received thousands of meaningful entries, but one that really stood out to us was from Paula:
“I would love to take my dad to Washington D.C. to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. As an Air Force Vet himself, who now suffers from Parkinson’s and mild dementia, I know this trip would bring him so much happiness! I would love to see that smile on his face again! Love my daddy.”
This past weekend, Paula and her father, Paul, traveled from Nashville to Washington D.C. to not only celebrate Father’s Day, but also to celebrate Paula’s 50 th birthday. Everyone involved made it a very special experience for Paul and Paula, from our Flight Attendants who serenaded Paula with “Happy Birthday” and a toilet paper cake onboard the flight, to our Pilots and Customers alike who thanked and appreciated Paul for his service, to our Partners at Honor Flight Network who allowed Paul and Paula to tour the memorials with their group. It truly was a weekend that they will never forget.
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When launching Tennessee One—Southwest’s newest and eleventh state-dedicated aircraft—just a few weeks ago, we knew we wanted to do something a little different to honor our Customers and Employees in The Volunteer State. It didn’t take long for us to realize that music was the key to staying in tune with the Tennessee crowd. After all, what could be more fitting than incorporating live music into (and in-between) our celebrations in “Music City” and the “Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll”?
Following performances by Maren Morris and A Thousand Horses in Nashville, and with no more details than what time the event would end, some of our most loyal local Community Partners, Corporate Sales Customers, Social Influencers, and even four of our original Nashville Employees were invited onto the surprise flight of their lives from Nashville to Memphis!
Shortly after take off, Murfreesboro, TN, native and award-winning country music singer, Chris Young, took to the front to perform “I’m Comin’ Over,” the debut single from his fifth album, for the plane of lucky guests. However, the surprises didn’t stop there! He then brought out Cassadee Pope, winner of the third season of The Voice, to croon their newest duet, “Think of You.”
With only two microphones, two guitars, two amps, and one 737-700 PA system, Chris and Cassadee kicked off the first Live at 35® concert of 2016 and the first to ever be specifically hosted on a state livery aircraft. We’re excited to count these stars among our growing list of high-flying performers and look forward to keeping the music playing, whether celebrating a new state livery or surprising our Customers on a regularly-scheduled flight.
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The following blog was written by Carly Vickery, the mother of Braely, whose family attended the 2013 Kidd’s Kids trip. Braely was diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta at six weeks old and underwent two open heart surgeries before the age of 3.
Having undergone so much at such an early age, Braely is one of the strongest people I have ever met. She constantly strives to keep up with other children her age in both sports and other activities, and now 14 years old, you would have no idea that anything is wrong by just looking at her. We try to live our lives as normally as possible, however, with three children and the high cost of medical equipment and bills, big family trips are out of the question for us.
In the fall of 2013, our family received the surprise of a lifetime—we were selected to attend the Kidd’s Kids trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. My husband and I never could have dreamed of taking our family on a trip like this. This was our first true family vacation, and it wasn’t just any vacation; it was first class all the way!
Our trip started with a chartered Southwest Airlines plane filled with Kidd’s Kids families. I can’t say enough about Southwest – they helped everyone with their bags, children with wheelchairs, and even let the kids see the controls in the cockpit before takeoff. Every kid was a superstar! Once we got to Disney World, Kidd’s Kids was so amazing to us. They took care of all our expenses: hotel, meals, park passes, and countless gifts and souvenirs. Kidd’s Kids also brought a medical staff team who made it possible for Kidd’s Kids, parents, and siblings to enjoy rides that a medical child would not typically get to ride. They made sure that everyone on the trip—not just the Kidd’s Kids—was taken care of. After all, this trip is meant for families to forget about doctor’s appointments, hospital stays, and treatments...and to just have fun. It is, by far, one of the best memories of our lives!
Southwest Airlines has proudly supported The Kraddick Foundation for the past eight years by not only providing the chartered flight and tickets for the Kidd’s Kids trip, but also by hosting the Kidd’s Kids Day telethon at Southwest’s headquarters. Of course, this doesn’t even mention the many Southwest Employees who have a heart for this organization including the flight crews who volunteer their time onboard the charter flights and the nearly 150 Employees who give their time working the telethon and the sendoff event.
In 2014, Kidd’s Kids Day raised $420,000 through telephone, text, and online donations with more than $41,000 of those total donations coming from the telethon. The money raised on Kidd’s Kids Day directly funds the Kidd’s Kids trip and without the generous donations from The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show listeners and fans, this once in a lifetime opportunity would not be possible for families like The Vickerys.
If you would like to donate to the 2015 Kidd’s Kids trip, please call 888-SWA-KIDZ on Wednesday, October 21 st from 6:00am to 12:00pm CST, text KIDD to 52000 to donate $10, or make an online donation in the amount of your choice at www.KiddsKids.com.
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The most subtle shift to cooler weather is always a blatant indicator of one thing: college football season. And in Dallas, Texas that means it's time for the Red River Showdown--the big game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners! This is the only time of the year when the spirit of collegiate pride marks a cultural divide here at Southwest Airlines' Dallas Operations. You're either a Longhorn or a Boomer Sooner at the annual Pigskin Plane Pull!
This is the fourteenth year that Southwest Employees have transformed into plane pulling warriors as they represent their favorite school, harness their inner strength, and pull an 83,000-pound Southwest Airlines 737 aircraft down a 50-foot stretch of tarmac.
Fueled by a longstanding rivalry, 14 Southwest Employees pulled for either the Longhorns or the Sooners to see which team would cross the goal line first and earn a years’ worth of bragging rights. What else was on the line? Victors also received tickets to the Texas State Fair, as well as the highly anticipated Red River Showdown football game.
Both teams were also joined by a few special pullers this year. UT aimed to be victorious for the second year in a row by starting both The Great Donovan of The Musers at Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket and former UT player Quan Cosby, who represented the Dallas chapter of Texas Exes. On the other hand, OU sought revenge by including Junior Miller of The Musers and former OU player Tommie Harris, who represented the Dallas Club of OU, in their starting lineup. With teams that strong, it was destined to be a close race! But there can only be one winner.
Big congratulations to the Oklahoma Sooners team for winning this year’s Pigskin Plane Pull with an astounding time of 34.91 seconds!
Whether you were decked out in burnt orange or crimson red, we salute our mighty plane pullers for their participation and everyone who came out to cheer on their respective team. And best of luck to both teams as they kick off another year of rivalry in the Cotton Bowl this weekend!
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At Southwest Airlines, we’re always in tune with your travel needs, so we are proud to announce that we are the Official Airline of Music Midtown that will take place in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on September 18-19.
We love to surprise and delight our Customers through unique events that are important to them, so we’ll be starting out the weekend by giving away six sets of Music Midtown tickets on Thursday, September 17 through our Facebook Scavenger Hunt Contest! We’ll be hiding at a famous Atlanta Landmark and the first six people to find us will win two Music Midtown festival tickets each (see Southwest Airlines Facebook Scavenger Hunt Official Rules below).
In addition to our Facebook contest, we are also hosting a Southwest Airlines Photo Hunt contest through the official Music Midtown 2015 mobile application! The first 50 eligible festival-goers who accurately complete the Southwest Airlines Photo Hunt through the mobile app and share it on Twitter will receive a $100 Southwest Airlines flight voucher (see Music Midtown Mobile Application | Southwest Airlines Photo Hunt Official Contest Rules below).
And don’t worry- the fun doesn’t stop on the ground! We will also have some fun prizes for those who know their Southwest® trivia! Be sure to stop by the Southwest Airlines tent right inside the Charles Allen Gate to test your skills.
We’re committed to being an integral part of the communities in which we serve, so we look forward to celebrating to the beat in Heartlanta and continuing to bring low fares that really strike a chord!
“Southwest Airlines Facebook Scavenger Hunt Official Rules”
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PURCHASES DO NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. ALL PRIZES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO FOLLOW ALL APPLICABLE LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAWS, INCLUDING ALL APPLICABLE TRAFFIC LAWS AND SPEED LIMITS (THE “APPLICABLE LAWS”). SPONSOR HAS THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY ANY INDIVIDUAL FOUND TO BE IN VIOLATION OF ANY APPLICABLE LAW, SUBJECT TO SPONSOR’S SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION. BE CAREFUL! DO NOT RISK INJURY TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS!
WINNERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW VALID GOVERNMENT-ISSUED IDENTIFICATION, SHOW THE FACEBOOK POST RECEIVED, BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN AND WIN THE CONTEST, AND PROMPTLY READ, SIGN, AND AGREE TO WINNER DOCUMENTATION OR THE PRIZE WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY FORFEITED (AT SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION). WINNER AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY/LIABILITY AND PUBLICITY RELEASE AND GUEST FULL LEGAL NAME MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ANY PRIZE.
1. How to Participate:
There is one method of participation. Any eligible participant entering this Contest through this method shall be a “Participant.” Limit one (1) Location Prize per person.
During the Contest Period, you will automatically become a Participant when you follow the Southwest Airlines Facebook account at Southwest Airlines, are physically in the Atlanta, GA area, look for the Facebook Post (“Facebook Post”) notifying followers of a #MusicMidtown “Facebook Scavenger Hunt” location (“Location”), and take any affirmative step towards finding the Location to claim a prize. Be one of the first six (6) eligible Participants to visit the specified Location and find the hidden Southwest Airlines Representative (“Representative”). Show the Representative the Facebook post and you will win a Prize (as defined below) subject to eligibility verification. The Location will be at one place in Atlanta, GA. Notifications of the Location will be posted on Facebook one (1) time during the Contest Period. Sponsor will not remain at the Location after the six Location Prizes are awarded, Sponsor may send a Facebook post to notify participants that the Location Prizes were awarded. Sponsor reserves the right to leave any Location after what it deems a sufficient amount of time, even if all six Location Prizes have not been awarded. To redeem any prize, you may (in Sponsor’s sole discretion) be required to submit the following personal information: name, phone number, Facebook account information, email address, and date of birth, with valid Picture ID. See Section V below for additional prize details. Winners are to be determined solely by Sponsor’s onsite representative and are subject to Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.
2. Eligibility Restrictions:
a. The Contest is open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who at the time of participation: (1) are 18 years of age or older, (2) are physically located in the geographic area where the Scavenger Hunt is taking place, and (3) follow Sponsor’s Facebook account and have the Facebook post on a mobile device in their possession that can be shown to Sponsor for verification. Employees, officers, and directors of Sponsor and its parent and affiliate companies and subsidiaries, and each such individual’s immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, parents, siblings, children, and all of their respective spouses or domestic partners) and household members of each such individual are not eligible. Eligibility is contingent upon agreement to, and compliance with, these Official Rules and fulfilling all requirements in these Official Rules. Participation in the Contest in any way, including participation or any step taken to participate in the Contest in any manner, constitutes full and unconditional agreement with all provisions of these Official Rules. The Contest Period starts at 7:00 AM (EST) on September 17, 2015 and ends at 9:00 PM (EST) on September 17, 2015 (the “Contest Period”).
Actual prize may vary. No compensation or substitution will be provided for any difference in prize value except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. All prizes must be accepted as awarded without substitution and are not, in whole or in part, assignable, transferable, or available for resale. Sponsor has made no warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize. This includes, without limitation, a warranty, representation, or guarantee related to any prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose. Prizes are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the exclusive right to substitute a prize (or a component thereof) with another prize (or component thereof) of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor’s sole discretion. Federal, state, and local taxes and all other costs and expenses associated with acceptance and use of any prize not specified herein as being awarded are winner’s sole responsibility. Prize specific terms and conditions apply. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of all Prizes is $1,500 one thousand five hundred dollars).
Prizes to be awarded:
Location Prize: There are six (6) Location Prizes. Each Prize consists of two tickets to the 2015 Music Midtown festival. There are a total of six (6) prizes available. Prizes available while supplies last. ARV of each Prize is $250 (two hundred and fifty dollars).
Only the prizes set forth in these Official Rules will be awarded. If, through printing, production, or technical error, or for any other reason whatsoever, more prizes are claimed than intended and/or set forth in these Official Rules, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes.
4. Winner Determination, Notification, and Eligibility Verification:
All potential winners are subject to eligibility verification by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding. A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE, EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF BEING A WINNER, UNLESS AND UNTIL THE PARTICIPANT’S ELIGIBILITY HAS BEEN VERIFIED.
To be verified as eligible to receive a prize, each potential winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions, fulfill all requirements of these Official Rules, and not be disqualified for any reason. If a potential winner fails to sign and return any other required documentation or fails to comply with these Official Rules; if a potential winner is unable or unwilling to accept the prize as stated; or if the potential winner cannot be verified as eligible for any other reason, the potential winner is disqualified and forfeits the prize (at Sponsor’s sole discretion).
5. Conditions of Participation:
By entering this Contest, all Participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and its authorized representatives, which are final and binding in all matters concerning this Contest.
All requested information must be provided to Sponsor in order to redeem any Location Prize which must be redeemed by the expiration date (concert date, which is subject to change without notice), or it will be void. Sponsor is not responsible if Prizes are not redeemed before expiration, and Sponsor is not responsible for any cancellations, postponements, or other changes to the concert time, place or venue. Sponsor is not responsible if a potential winner does not receive his or her prize because unintelligible, incomplete, invalid, erroneous, expired, canceled, fraudulent, or fake information was provided during Contest.
As a condition of participating, each participant agrees that the decisions of Sponsor (including, without limitation, their representatives) are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest, including, without limitation, breaking any alleged or actual tie. In case of an alleged or actual tie, Sponsor’s representative will decide which six participants first completed all Official Rules requirements and thus will be deemed the winners (subject to verification). Sponsor’s representative may request contact or other information from alternate potential winners in case one of the potential winners is not verified as the actual winner. Sponsor is not responsible if any Participant refuses to or for any reason does not provide his or her contact information. Participants who attempt to participate in ways other than as described herein or to use false contact information are subject to disqualification in Sponsor’s sole discretion. If the identity of the individual who actually participated in the Contest cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, that individual will be deemed ineligible.
Any attempt by any Participant to obtain more than one prize by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, and logins; individual or joint Facebook accounts or similar entity; or any other unauthorized methods will void Participant’s participation and Participant will be disqualified.
Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any individual found, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to be tampering with the operation of the Contest (including, but not limited to, tampering with applicable websites or accounts), or acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, including, without limitation, hampering in any way any other eligible person’s participation. Any attempt to undermine the operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.
6. Indemnification and Limitations of Liability:
By entering this Contest, each Participant agrees to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Music Midtown, Live Nation, and their respective parent and affiliate companies, subsidiaries, sales representatives, distributors, partners, dealers, wholesalers, retailers, vendors, suppliers, Contest agencies, contractors, advertising, and fulfillment, including each company’s respective officers, directors, employees, and agents and their immediate families (spouse or domestic partner, parents, siblings, children, and all of their respective spouses or domestic partners) and household members of each such individual, and any and all other companies and individuals associated with this Contest (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action related to this Contest. Possible claims or causes of action include, but are not limited to, infringement of any right of publicity or intellectual property; threatened or actual injury, loss, or damage to any person, including death and disability; defamation or portrayal in a false light (intentional and unintentional); and damage to or loss of property, arising out of such Participant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. IN NO EVENT WILL RELEASED PARTIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THIS PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST OR THE USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE. (Some jurisdictions may not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages or exclusion of implied warranties. Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding these limitations or exclusions.)
Participants waive any right to claim ambiguity in these Official Rules. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) technical failures of any kind; (2) incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Participants, any device, internet or email or mobile telephone service provider, any promotional or advertising agency, printing or computing errors, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Contest, including, but not limited to, traffic congestion or lack of available parking; (4) technical or human error that may occur in the administration of the Contest or redeeming any prize; (5) any injury or damage to persons or property that may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Participant’s participation in the Contest, including travel to and from any Location; (6) the receipt, use, or misuse of any prize; and (7) any other errors in any materials, information, or announcements associated with the Contest. Sponsor is in no way responsible for any injury related to any Participant or any Participant’s guest(s)’ transportation to and from any Location in order to receive a prize, or to and from the concert to which they receive tickets. If a Participant is unable to travel safely to any Location, then Participant should not enter the Contest.
Except where prohibited, Participant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate federal or state court located in Dallas County, Texas; and (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Participant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (no matter what jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than as stated.
8. Contest and Sponsor:
Participation in the Southwest Airlines Facebook Scavenger Hunt (the “Contest”) constitutes Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules. Participant is free to disclaim any prize and status as Participant (as defined below) and as a result will not be eligible to receive any prize. The Contest is sponsored by Southwest Airlines Co., 2702 Love Field Dr., Dallas, TX 75235 (“Sponsor”). All decisions related to, as well as all interpretation of, these Official Rules by Sponsor shall be final and binding.
This Contest is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other website or medium (collectively “Content Hosts”) that might display, host or accept materials (including photographs, text, videos, gifs and any likenesses contained therein (collectively “Content”) related to this Contest. By uploading, submitting, or posting any Content to any of the Content Hosts related to this Contest or on any Sponsor page, Participant grants Sponsor a non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, modify, publish, transmit, display, and distribute such content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed), including on other Content Host sites, whether modified or unmodified, in whole or in part and individually or as part of a compilation, with the license extending to all copyright rights, moral rights and all publicity rights in every jurisdiction worldwide.
Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest and/or receipt or use of any prize constitutes any Participant’s consent to Sponsor’s use of Participant’s Facebook posts, Facebook account, image, name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, statements, biographical information, and/or hometown and state (or any other indicia of persona) for promotional or advertising purposes in any media, worldwide, now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, without further review, notification, payment, or consideration (unless prohibited by law).
10. Enforceability of Official Rules:
The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. The Sponsor reserves the right to correct clerical or typographical errors in promotional materials or these Official Rules. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failure, tampering, computer virus, or other factor, technical or otherwise, beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control, impairs Sponsor’s ability to properly conduct the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion and subject to any law or regulation. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation to award any applicable prize(s).
Sponsor is not responsible if any communication, electronic or otherwise, is intercepted, misdirected, or not received for any reason. Sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, or defect; miscommunications or failed, jumbled, or scrambled computer, telephone, or cable transmissions; delay in operations or transmission; theft, destruction, unauthorized access to, or alterations of Contest materials; technical, network, telephone, electronic, computer, hardware, or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind; lost, interrupted, inaccessible, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet service providers, websites, or other connections; inaccurate transmissions or failures to receive information on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website; or any combination thereof. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any damage to a Participant’s or any other individual’s computer or wireless phone which occurs by accessing Southwest Airlines websites or otherwise participating or redeeming prizes related to this Contest.
Sponsor: Southwest Airlines Co., 2702 Love Field Dr., Dallas, TX 75235.
“Music Midtown Mobile Application | Southwest Airlines Photo Hunt Official Contest Rules”
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID IN PUERTO RICO AND WHERE PROHIBITED.
Download the free Music Midtown 2015 mobile application (available in the iTunes App Store) and complete the Southwest Airlines Photo Hunt by taking a picture of each of the nine specified locations inside and directly outside the festival grounds. Once you have completed the photo hunt, submit your photo collage to Southwest Airlines via Twitter using our Twitter handle @SouthwestAir and the hashtags #MusicMidtown and #Contest by 11:59 PM Eastern time on September 19, 2015. The Music Midtown 2015 festival will be held at Piedmont Park, 1342 Worchester Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306.
The winning submissions will be announced via Twitter direct message on or around September 20, 2015.
1. How to Participate in the Contest:
a. “Music Midtown Mobile Application |Southwest Airlines Photo Hunt Contest” (“Contest”) will begin on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM Eastern time and end on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern time (“Contest Period”). This Contest prize consists of one (1) $100 Southwest Airlines flight voucher for each of the first fifty (50) people to submit a completed and accurate photo hunt entry per the Official Rules and the Entry Method requirements below. During the Contest Period, potential Participants must have a Twitter account and use appropriate tags in their submitted photo as described below. Official rules can be found at blog.southwest.com.
b. Entry Details:
There is one way to participate in this Contest. Any eligible individual participating in this Contest shall be a “Participant.” To participate, download the Music Midtown 2015 mobile application and create a Southwest Airlines Photo Hunt collage that includes a photo of each of the nine (9) photo hunt locations at the Music Midtown festival (the “Collage”). Photo hunt locations are identified on the festival map, on the Music Midtown website at www.musicmidtown.com, and in the maps section of the Music Midtown mobile app. Submit the Collage to Southwest through Twitter using the appropriate tags during the Contest Period to enter. Participants must incorporate the Southwest Airlines brand in the entry tweet by including the Southwest Airlines Twitter handle @SouthwestAir and the hashtags “#MusicMidtown” and “#Contest” or the entry will be deemed invalid. The Collage must include nine (9) separate photos, each taken during the Contest Period. Photos must be clear and capture the nine (9) required photo hunt locations; entries containing photos that are unable to be clearly recognized as one of the photo hunt locations will not be eligible to win. The required photos must be taken and the Collage must be built through use of the Music Midtown 2015 app, and not using any other form or medium. The first fifty (50) participants to submit a complete collage that complies with these Official Rules will be a winner once eligibility is confirmed. Participants may also share their Collages on Instagram® and Facebook®, but will not be judged from those channels. All entries submitted will not be acknowledged or returned. By entering, and/or claiming any prize, Participant grants Sponsor an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, freely transferable license to use the photo and/or video for all purposes, in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised including as may be modified or edited by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Photos must not be copied. Entries must be entirely original, and may not violate any third party rights nor use any third-party intellectual property such as copyrights, trademarks, logos, background signs. Participants acknowledge and agree that their entry does not violate any rights of privacy or publicity and that they have all releases and written consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the likeness(es) of all persons appearing in a Collage for all purposes as set forth in these Official Rules, without additional compensation.
Entries must not disparage; contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, offensive, illegal, or vulgar; or promote bigotry, racism, hatred or discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. Any entry that is not compliant with these Official Rules will be deemed void at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited. Proof of submission of an entry shall not be deemed proof of receipt by Southwest. Entries must be sent and received during the Contest Period in order to be eligible. Unintelligible entries; entries with incomplete, invalid, incorrect, or noncurrent information; entries that are counterfeit, damaged, or tampered with in any way; and entries with printing, production, or typographical errors will be disqualified. Disqualified entries and entries that are late, lost, damaged, misdirected, stolen, or not delivered are not the responsibility of the Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible if a potential winner does not receive his or her prize because erroneous, expired, canceled, fraudulent, or fake information was provided during Contest. Southwest Airlines’ computer is the official time keeping device for the contest. Southwest is not responsible for entries mis-delivered, delayed or not received due to difficulty accessing the internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties or other technological glitches. By entering this Contest, you give your full and unconditional agreement to abide by these Official Rules. All decisions related to, as well as interpretation of, these Official Rules by Sponsor shall be final and binding. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by or associated with Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
c. Limit one entry per person and per Twitter account. Any attempt by any person to use multiple Twitter accounts to enter, or in any other way attempt to obtain more than the authorized number of entries will be found to be ineligible, and their entries will be disqualified. Participation must be by the Participant. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Participant, the authorized account holder of the Twitter account used to enter will be deemed to be the Participant. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized Twitter account holder. If the identity of the individual who actually participated in the Contest cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected individual’s entry will be deemed ineligible.
2. Eligibility Restrictions:
The contest is open to all legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older and have a valid e-mail address and Twitter account as of September 18, 2015. Eligibility is contingent on agreement to, and compliance with, these Official Rules. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited or restricted by law. The Contest is offered only in the United States. Employees of Southwest Airlines, members of their immediate families (spouse and parents, children and siblings and their spouses) and individuals living in the same households of such employees are ineligible to enter or win.
Only one winner per household is permitted in any Contest administered by Southwest Airlines.
Participants are required to provide truthful information and Southwest will reject and delete any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent. Southwest Airlines will disqualify any entry from individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements, and Southwest Airlines may also delete any entry received from persons under the age of 13 in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
Grand Prize: Fifty (50) winners will be awarded one (1) Southwest Airlines $100 LUV Voucher e-code to use towards a future Southwest Airlines purchase. Flight voucher will be sent electronically to the email address provided by winner. Southwest Airlines tickets are subject to Southwest Airlines terms and conditions; certain restrictions may apply. No blackout dates. Tickets valid on Southwest-operated, published, scheduled service only. Flight Voucher not valid on code-share service. Prizes must be accepted as awarded without substitution, and are not, in whole or in part, assignable, transferable, or available for resale. No prize substitutions, cash equivalent, or transfer of prizes permitted except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prize subject to availability and the Sponsors reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award a prize of greater or equal value if the advertised prize is unavailable. Taxes, if applicable, are solely the responsibility of the winner. Approximate Prize Value of all prizes $5,000.00.
In the event that a prize is mailed to the winner, it will be with the prior written consent of the winner and therefore, winner assumes the risk of its loss. Sponsor is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize. Only the prizes set forth in these Official Rules will be awarded. If, through printing or production error, or for any other reason whatsoever, more prizes are claimed than intended and/or set forth in these Official Rules, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes from all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims. Winners will be required to sign an official Assignment of rights in their winning Collage to Sponsor prior to be eligible to receive any prize.
4. Selection of Winners:
All potential winners are subject to eligibility verification by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding. A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE, EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF BEING A WINNER, UNLESS AND UNTIL THE PARTICIPANT'S ELIGIBILITY HAS BEEN VERIFIED.
The first fifty (50) completed eligible “Music Midtown Mobile Application |Southwest Airlines Photo Hunt Contest” submissions that fully comply with these Official Rules will be deemed the winners. Decisions of Sponsor with respect to the Contest are final.
Potential winner notification will be made on or around September 20, 2015 by Sponsor via Twitter. Potential winner will be asked to contact Southwest using an e-mail address to be provided via direct message to each winning Participant’s Twitter account. It is the responsibility of the winning Participants to contact Southwest via the email address provided in order to collect their prize. Once a potential winner and Southwest make e-mail contact, Southwest will provide a photo for the potential winner to upload to the Twitter account in order to validate their Twitter account. Once the validation occurs, potential winner must execute and return the Assignment and any required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release in which they agree to hold Sponsor, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and each of their parent, subsidiary and affiliated corporations, and each of their officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly.
If a potential winner cannot be contacted using the information provided or fails to respond to Sponsor’s attempt to notify them of selection within five (5) business days; if any notification is returned as undeliverable or yields an error or undeliverable type “bounce back” email (regardless if the message is ultimately delivered to the recipient); if the potential winner fails to sign and return the Assignment or any other required release or documentation or fails to comply with these Official Rules; if any prize is returned as undeliverable; if a potential winner is unable or unwilling to accept the prize as stated; or if the potential winner cannot be verified as eligible for any other reason, the potential winner is disqualified and an alternate may be chosen.
In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the next received and eligible Collage entry received by Sponsor that is fully compliant with these Official Rules shall be deemed the winner, until the prize is awarded or until four (4) attempts have been made to award the prize and each attempt has failed. Sponsor will identify each potential winner and verify the potential winner’s eligibility after the end of the Contest Period. If unable to verify eligibility, Sponsor will select any alternate potential winner within a reasonable time thereafter.
Payments of all federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner. Winner may be required to sign an IRS Form W-9 or the equivalent.
By participating in the Contest, the winner agrees to have their name, voice, likeness, photograph, statements, opinions, biographical information, and/or Contest entry used in any advertising or broadcasting material, whether relating to this Contest or otherwise, in any media, worldwide, now known or hereinafter developed, in perpetuity, without additional notice, payment, or other compensation unless prohibited by law, and, where legal, to sign an Assignment and publicity release confirming such consent prior to acceptance of the prize.
Southwest Airlines is not responsible for lost, stolen, mangled, miss-delivered, postage due, illegible, incomplete or late entries, telephone service outages, delays, busy signals, equipment malfunctions and any other technological difficulties that may prevent an individual from entering or claiming a prize.
Southwest Airlines in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or the operation of Southwest Airlines website, or who are otherwise in violation of these rules. It further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Contest if it is not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation to award any applicable prize(s) from the entries submitted before the cancelation, suspension, or modification of the Contest. Any attempt to undermine the operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Sponsors reserve the right to make changes in the rules of the Contest, including the substitution of a prize of greater or equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement. Failure to comply with the Contest rules may result in a contestant’s disqualification solely at the discretion of the Sponsor. The Sponsor is not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Contest, or in the announcement of a prize.
In any case, the final winners of all prizes will be determined, and prizes will be awarded, within a reasonable time after the end of the Contest Period except as agreed between Sponsor and winner. Copies of the written Contest rules and a list of winners (when complete) are available during regular business hours at Southwest Airlines, Communication & Outreach Community Engagement, P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, TX 75235-1611. For a winners list, send a self-addressed return envelope, after September 20, 2015. All requests must be received by October 20, 2015. Limit one request per household.
5. Limitation of Liability:
NEITHER Southwest Airlines Co., nor ITS affiliated entities, is responsible for printing or typographical errors in any CONTEST related materials; or transactions that are processed late or incorrectly or are lost due to computer or electronic malfunction. winner is solely responsible for payment of all federal, state, and local taxes on prize and for any other expenses not specifically mentioned in prize description. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify CONTEST if fraud or technical failure compromises the integrity of the CONTEST as determined by Sponsor in ITS sole discretion.
This CONTEST offer is being made exclusively by the Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections or fraud; incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmission whether caused by Sponsor, user, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical or human error which may occur in the process of submissions which may limit a participant’s ability to participate in this contest.
PARTICIPANTs assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused by participation in this CONTEST or use, misuse or redemption of any prize/offer.
By entering, PARTICIPANT agrees to RELEASE, hold harmless, DISCHARGE, and indemnify each of Southwest Airlines Co., and ITS respective parents, subsidiaries, AND affiliates, AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE directors, officers, employees, and agents AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS (spouse or domestic partner, parents, siblings, children, and all of their respective spouses or domestic partners) and household members of each such individual, and any and all other companies and individuals associated with this Contest (collectively, the “Released Parties”) against any and all liability, damages, or causes of action (however named or described), RELATED to or arising out of (i) THE CONTEST, (ii) PARTICIPANT’S participation in the CONTEST, AND (iiI) the receipt or use or misuse of the prizes/offers awarded herein. Possible claims or causes of action include, but are not limited to, infringement of any right of publicity or intellectual property; threatened or actual injury, loss, or damage to any person, including death and disability; defamation or portrayal in a false light (intentional and unintentional); and damage to or loss of property, arising out of such Participant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. IN NO EVENT WILL RELEASED PARTIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THIS CONTEST.
If for any reason a Participant's entry is confirmed to have been voided or corrupted by any grossly negligent act of the Sponsor, Participant’s sole remedy is another entry in the contest, subject to availability and provided that contest has not then expired. Sponsor is in no way responsible for any injury related to any Participant when traveling to and from any photo hunt location in order to receive a prize. If a Participant is unable to travel safely to any photo hunt location, move from location to location, or safely participate, then Participant should not enter the Contest.
6. Construction and Disputes:
Participants waive any right to claim ambiguity in these Official Rules. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any Participant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Texas, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Texas. Any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorney’s fees. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein. Sponsor reserves the right to correct clerical or typographical errors in contest materials or these Official Rules. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION FOR ANY DISPUTE SHALL BE IN THE FEDERAL OR STATE COURTS LOCATED IN DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS.
8. Sponsor: Southwest Airlines Co., Communication & Outreach Community Engagement, P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, TX 75235-1611.
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What could be more iconic than fried chicken on a summer day?
Today is National Fried Chicken Day, and to celebrate, Southwest Airlines partnered with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen to surprise and delight some unsuspecting—and hungry—Customers in Atlanta with a picnic in the gate area.
Popeyes Brand Ambassadors handed out snack boxes filled with fried chicken strips and a biscuit for our Customers to enjoy as they waited to board their flights to New Orleans.
Popeyes also celebrated their Louisiana heritage by handing out Mardi Gras beads, bracelets and t-shirts.
At Southwest Airlines, we love showing our Customers hospitality during their travels, and partnering with Popeyes gave us a FUN way to treat our Customers with this tasty summer food staple.
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We don’t judge, unless you’re pulling an 83,000-pound Southwest Airlines 737 aircraft half the length of a regulation football field! On Thursday, at Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Employees put their game faces on for the annual Southwest Airlines Pigskin Plane Pull to kick off the TX/OU weekend!
The event has taken place for thirteen consecutive years as Southwest Employees adorned in their favorite school’s colors participate in this festive, yet competitive, pep rally, alongside the cheer teams and mascots from each university.
This year, sixteen Employees pulled for either the Texas Longhorns or Oklahoma Sooners to see which Team would cross the goal line first. Tickets to the Texas State Fair, the Red River Showdown football game, and, of course, bragging rights were all on the line! Special guests Junior Miller and The Great Donovan, The Musers from local Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket, along with two of their listeners, joined the fun by pulling with our Employees.
Congratulations to the Texas team for winning this year’s Pigskin Plane Pull, with an impressive time of 37.33 seconds!
We wish both Teams luck in this weekend’s big game!
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Considering the amount of time many of us have spent in airports throughout our lives, we should all be pretty fluent in the language of ‘airport lingo’ by now. However, if you’re like me, you might only consider yourself to have a working knowledge of airport lingo, rather than fluency. Between flight decks and jet bridges; terminals and concourses; and nonstop flights and direct flights—things can get a bit tricky. Here’s a little refresher course so you can confidently help a few confused travelers on your next flight!
Flight deck: This is another term for the cockpit, or the area in the front of the airplane where the Pilots sit to fly the airplane.
Jet bridge: A jet bridge is the piece of equipment that connects the airplane to the concourse. It is the area that you walk down to board the plane and walk up to deboard the plane.
Captain: The Captain is the head Pilot and the legal commander of the airplane. Captains are typically the more senior of the two pilots and traditionally sit on the left-hand side of the flight deck. They can be distinguished from a first officer by the four stripes on their shirt epaulets or jacket sleeves.
First Officer: The First Officer is the Co-Pilot and is second-in-command of the aircraft. First Officers are traditionally seated on the right-hand side of the flight deck and have only three stripes on their shirt epaulets or jacket sleeves. However, they are fully qualified to operate the aircraft in all stages of flight, including takeoffs and landings, and do so in alternating turns with the captain.
Aft: This term refers to an area near the tail of an aircraft. For instance, whenever a flight attendant mentions an “aft lavatory,” she is talking about a bathroom near the back of the plane.
Ramp: The ramp is the area of the airport where aircraft are parked and refueled, and where luggage is loaded and unloaded from the plane.
Terminal: This is the part of the airport building that connects all of the different concourses. It is the area where you’ll find the check-in ticket counters, baggage claims, security checkpoints, and car rental counters. A terminal can have many concourses, and large airports often have multiple terminals.
Concourse: Concourses are corridors situated past the security checkpoints where all of the loading gates are located. This is the area of the airport where you can shop, eat, and recharge your electronics while waiting for your flight.
Customer Service Agent: Customer Service Agents (CSAs) handle all aspects of ticketing and checking in of Customers, help Customers change flight reservations, and clear standby Passengers at the gate podium.
Operations Agent: Operations Agents (Ops Agents) manage the weight and balance of the aircraft and assist with the boarding process by making boarding announcements, scanning boarding passes as Passengers enter the jet bridge, and monitoring the number of Passengers on the plane.
Nonstop Flight: This is a single flight between two airports with no stops.
Direct Flight: A direct flight makes at least one stop on the way to its final destination but the flight number stays the same. For instance, SWA flight #1260 might fly from Dallas to New York, but first stop in St. Louis. The Passengers who disembarked in St. Louis were on a nonstop flight, while the Passengers who remained on the flight from Dallas all the way to New York were on a direct flight.
Can you think of any other commonly misused or confusing airport lingo? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section!
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